#1
I made a separate thread for this because it's a matter that may need attention for important reasons.

Well, anyway, about a few months ago I started picking over say the 21st/22nd frets when I play lead.

Now I'm wondering if this will hinder my progress for other techniques say like sweep picking and stuff.

I find I'm more co-ordinated between the left hand and the right hand when I do pick over the fretboard.

Also, I think this might because I rest my hand on the guitar or "anchor" which I've heard is bad and I notice it when I try to get across strings (say low E to B).

So yeah, change my technique?
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#2
I did this when I played acoustic, but quickly changed when I got an electric. It may hinder sweeps and stuff because your pick may get caught on a fret or something, I don't know. And if your doing it hard enough, it will scratch up the fretboard.
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#3
sweeping higher up the fretboard is useful if you are sweeping and tapping together

i'd just experiment with where it works and what you can and can't do
#4
he's right, you do usually have an advantage if your sweep tapping.
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#5
it's still improper and will hinder you somewhere along the line.

i would work on a regular technique
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I'd never get into picking in a particular place purely because you find it easy - moving it around for tonal reasons on the other hand, absolutely. but not cos you've got a lazy hand :p

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#8
I use to do this...the second I started picking closer to the bridge my picking improved 300%. There's not enough string tension up near the fretboard to be consistent.

It can be useful for some things though, like sweep tapping. And you get a totally different tone, and that's always cool.
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#9
well picking near there helps me hit tapped harmonics without actually tapping the harmonic node, but picking on top of it like i would do a pinch harmonic with my right hand, but 12 frets above the fret of the note i am fretting.

ex.

fret the 7th fret on the G string, pick above the 19th fret wire on the string like you would do a pinch harmonic.

its the same note, just a lot higher, gives it a 'soaring' sound
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#11
I haven't found much of a difference in sweeping in either area, although sweeping by the bridge gives you more stability in your hand (I guess?). I really only do it for stuff like Necrophagist, because the notes sweep and go right into tapping and sweep again, which is commonly seen in songs like Stabwound. That way I don't have to move my hand inches to the fretboard in a split second.

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#12
Learn to pick across the entire pickup area.

Different sounds and harmonics everywhere.

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#13
it's not that bad, but i find that it will change your guitar tone, strings sound different when plucked lower, however, **** it, it doesn't matter, if it's comfortable for you you can develope other techniques around it, or other techniques that help you do the things that it hinders... i know a dude who plays behind the bridge pickup consistantly because that's where it's comfortable for him, and sometimes he likes the tone, and the dude is sick!